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Fish deaths now also in the Saale: hundreds of dead animals – the association is “shocked and disappointed”

Created: 8/16/2022 5:14 am

Blick über die Saale vor Schloss Bernburg in Sachsen-Anhalt. (Symbolbild)
View over the Saale in front of Bernburg Castle in Saxony-Anhalt. (Iconic image) © Jan Woitas/dpa

Hundreds of dead fish have now also been recovered in Saxony-Anhalt. However, a connection with the fish kill in the Oder seems unlikely.

Anglers have now discovered hundreds of dead fish in the Saale near Bernburg in Saxony-Anhalt. The federal state’s anglers’ association filed a complaint against unknown persons on Monday. This was announced by a spokesman for the dpa . According to the current status, however, there is no connection with the mass death of fish in the Oder.

Fish deaths in the Saale: hundreds of dead animals discovered

According to the information, anglers initially discovered several dead fish in the Saale below the weir in Bernburg on Friday morning. Over the weekend, the local fishing club recovered about 300 dead fish. An estimated 3,000 dead fish are believed to have died. According to the spokesman for the anglers’ association, the cause is still unclear – he considers a connection with the fish kill on the Oder in Brandenburg on the German-Polish border to be unlikely.

The authorities had been called in for analysis and clarification. “The Saale is a large river, the anglers first got as many fish out of the Saale as they could,” said the spokesman. Accordingly, the association assumes that more dead fish have been driven along the river. However, the dimensions are not comparable to the mass deaths of fish in the Oder.

Fish deaths in the Saale due to technical faults?

First, the Mitteldeutsche Zeitung reported on the death of fish in the Saale in Saxony-Anhalt. In this context, a technical fault in a Bernburg soda plant was also reported here. After a pipe ruptured, ammoniacal brine escaped. This then got into the Saale, although it was not clear how this could happen, the company said. Whether this is the reason for the fish kill has yet to be determined. The leak has already been closed again, it is said.

“Especially against the background of the current situation, such as the salt pollution of the Bode or the fish kill in the Oder, we are shocked and at the same time disappointed to have to document another example of the heavy pollution and abuse of our waters,” said the Saxony Anglers’ Association -Stop with. (rjs/dpa)

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